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Effect of calf rearing with mother contact compared to bucket feeding on health and welfare of calves

Bieber, Anna; Walkenhorst, Michael; Eppenstein, Rennie; Probst, J.K.; Thüer, Susann; Baki, Cem and Spengler Neff, Anet (2021) Effect of calf rearing with mother contact compared to bucket feeding on health and welfare of calves. In: Schmid, Otto; Johnson, Marion; Vaarst, Mette and Früh, Barbara (Eds.) Proceedings of the IAHA Pre-Conference on Organic Animal Husbandry, 6. and 7. September 2021 linked to the 20th Organic World Congress of IFOAM 2021, pp. 32-34.

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Summary

Early separation of cow and calf is still common practice on dairy farms. In recent years, interest in mother-bonded calf rearing practices has increased. They are considered to be animal-friendly, labour-saving and health-promoting for the calf. However, these systems are challenging, e.g. regarding the cow's willingness to let down milk or the pain of separation after establishing a social bonding.
We tested the hypothesis that calves allowed dam suckling (DS) twice a day would benefit concerning weight gain, health-related traits and show fewer behavioural disorders (oral manipulations) compared to bucket fed (BF) group mates. Furthermore, we investigated the impact of cow-calf contact compared to bucket feeding on selected immune parameters in calf blood and cow milk.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:calf cow contact, social bonding, dam rearing, behavioural disorders, Abacus, FiBL50090
Agrovoc keywords:
Language
Value
URI
English
cow milk
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_16080
English
dams (mothers)
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_10277
English
calf feeding
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_9bf4fb86
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Production systems > Dairy cattle
Animal husbandry > Production systems > Beef cattle
Animal husbandry > Health and welfare
Research affiliation: European Union > CORE Organic Cofund > ProYoungStock
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Animal > Animal welfare & housing > Animal husbandry
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Animal > Animal welfare & housing > Animal welfare
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Animal > Cattle
H2020 or FP7 Grant Agreement Number:727495
Related Links:https://www.ifoam.bio/about-us/our-network/sector-platforms/ifoam-international-animal-husbandry-alliance
Deposited By: Bieber, Anna
ID Code:42751
Deposited On:10 Nov 2021 08:16
Last Modified:13 Jan 2022 10:15
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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